To support our consultation services, we can call upon members who, in addition to pilotage skills are;
Qualified and experienced V103 Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators.
Experienced in SAR operations, with active involvement with the RNLI and HMCG at a local level.
Certified MCA Boat Masters with intricate knowledge of Belfast Lough and contiguous waters.
Experienced Tug Masters.
High Speed Craft Type Rating Examiners.
Practiced at ship-to-ship lightering operations
At present, the company consists of 12 members, 8 of whom are fully authorised "unlimited tonnage" pilots, plus 4 junior pilots progressing through the joint BLPS/BHC Pilotage Training Programme.
Our members have many years of experience in handling a diverse array of sea-going vessels from large tankers, bulk carriers, container ships, ferries and cruise liners, down to barges and fishing boats. We have commanded, planned and co-ordinated the various sea trials for new buildings, oil rigs and numerous conversions for the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast.
As a consequence of the diversity of services we provide, each pilot retains and revalidates the necessary marine qualifications to sail as Master on any size of foreign going vessel. This facility ensures that we maintain a capability to apply our expertise to the many and varied requirements present throughout the maritime environment both within and beyond the limits of Belfast Lough.